Chapter Contacts:
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Ginnie Watson

Lenae Weichel

Meetings are usually held the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Unless otherwise stated, we meet at Rock Valley College, 3301 N Mulford Rd, Rockford, Illinois 61114. Come at 6:30 p.m. to socialize before the 7:00 meeting, browse the merchandise tables, and check out the library and Wild Ones information booths. The meetings are free and open to the public.

The Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter publishes a monthly newsletter for its members which contains informative and timely articles about upcoming events, past events, related events, and other useful information. For a sample newsletter click here.

Atwood Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter received the
2014 Seth B. Atwood Award for Parks and Conservation
in the Organzational category by the
Winnebago County Forest Preserve District.
The award was presented on April 28, 2014.



We are a member of the Four Rivers Environmental Coalition partnering with and supporting their events.

Visitors and guests are welcome at most events and are invited to join our growing membership.

The Wild Ones Rock River Valley Chapter carries out the mission of Wild Ones (see below) through a variety of activities, which includes the following:

  • Informative Meetings, include how-to-do-it sessions, presentations by experts in prairie, woodland, and wetland native plants and related subjects and members profiling their own projects.
  • Show Me/Help Me Day, members tour other members’ yards, share ideas, and offer suggestions.
  • Woodland Native Plant Sale, with orders being taken February through April, for pick up in late April. This sale offers mostly species for shady locations. The pick up location is near Durand, IL.
  • Native Prairie Plant Sale, with orders being taken March through April, for pick up in early May. This sale offers mostly species for sunny to part shade locations. The pick up location is just east of Rockford near Caledonia, IL.
  • Native Tree and Shrub Sale, with orders being taken in September, for pick up in early October near Durand, IL.
  • Plant Rescues, where members dig plants in the path of development. The rescued plants go to home landscapes or are used for restoration efforts in the local area.
  • Seed Exchanges, we meet in November to exchange native plant seed that members have collected.
  • Seeds For Education Program, a grant and education program.The chapter educates and supports community efforts to establish natural areas and to work with educational institutions and other areas of learning.

History and Mission:
The Rock River Valley Chapter was established in July 1994. Currently we have over 220 household and business memberships. The chapter is lead by dedicated volunteer officers, chairs and coordinators.

Our annual budget is approximately $24,000 and includes expenses for meeting room rent, speaker fees, printing and mailing of publications (newsletter, plant sale brochures), website maintenance and purchasing plants for plant sales. 4% of our income comes from dues reimbursement from National Wild Ones (all dues paid to the chapter are forwarded to National Wild Ones) and 80% is from our plant sales. The remaining 16% comes from merchandise sales and the generous donations of our members.

Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities. Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization.

Wild Ones provides information and teaches people how to use native plants in their landscapes. Wild Ones distinguishes itself from other garden organizations by encouraging gardening with native plants and moving away from using chemicals, watering, excessive mowing and other practices commonly used by traditional gardeners. People come to Wild Ones to learn about environmentally friendly gardening - about plants native to our area that have evolved to survive our climate without help from artificial means.